UConn forward Alex Oriakhi has been officially released from his scholarship, a school spokesperson said Tuesday.
And that means Oriakhi, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound senior-to-be, can talk with other schools. A source close to the situation said Kentucky and North Carolina are among the teams that have contacted Oriakhi. The source also added that Oriakhi probably will not consider Duke, which was rumored to have interest in the former McDonald’s All-American.
Per Big East rules, Oriakhi is not allowed to transfer within the league. The SEC also prohibits one-year transfers, so Oriakhi would need to obtain an additional waiver to become eligible at Kentucky. Here’s the rule from the SEC:
Oriakhi was a key cog in UConn’s 2011 national championship run, but saw his numbers — and playing time — dip this past season. Oriakhi averaged a career-low 21.5 minutes and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior.
An announcement is expected to be made in a few weeks.